Busy beavers… what are the best options for cartilage repair for osteoarthritis?

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Busy beavers… what are the best options for cartilage repair for osteoarthritis?



Scientists and clinicians are extremely “busy beavers” when it comes to stem cell treatment for arthritis. Among the currently available options for cartilage repair are microfracture, osteochondral grafting (mosaicplasty), and autologous chondrocyte implantation. While multiple studies have touted the benefits of each of these techniques, no one procedure appears to be significantly better than the other. And none of the procedures appears to work well enough for healing the cartilage defects seen in osteoarthritis. The major problem is that the grafts don’t hold. Another problem is the quality of cartilage generated is poor. Often fibrocartilage, a weaker type of cartilage is produced, instead of the stronger hyaline cartilage.
That’s why cell therapies using mesenchymal stem cells have been examined. So far only small series of patients have been reported. Nonetheless it appears to be a promising technology.
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